Children in the Reflecting Pool

Title

Children in the Reflecting Pool

Description

The Reflecting Pool was never intended to be a swimming pool. In the late 1920s, however, people cooled off in its waters because there were not many other options. The beaches at the Tidal Basin closed in 1925 due to concerns about water quality and increasing conflict over segregation. Washington, DC, had only a handful of city pools, which were always crowded and cost money to access. City residents used public bodies of water like the Reflecting Pool, the fountains near the Capitol, and other fountains throughout the city, as public pools, despite laws and regulations to the contrary.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

07/07/1926

Coverage

Original Format

photograph

Description

The Reflecting Pool was never intended to be a swimming pool. In the late 1920s, however, people cooled off in its waters because there were not many other options. The beaches at the Tidal Basin closed in 1925 due to concerns about water quality and increasing conflict over segregation. Washington, DC, had only a handful of city pools, which were always crowded and cost money to access. City residents used public bodies of water like the Reflecting Pool, the fountains near the Capitol, and other fountains throughout the city, as public pools, despite laws and regulations to the contrary.

Date

07/07/1926

Coverage

1920-1949

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.